Haas have confirmed the team will have an unchanged driver lineup for a fourth straight season, announcing Kevin Magnussen and Romain Grosjean will race for the American team in 2020.
Grosjean has been with the team since it entered Formula 1 in 2016, with Magnussen arriving the following year to replace Esteban Gutierrez.
The team had been linked with Nico Hulkenberg, who is available after being replaced by Esteban Ocon at Renault.
Team Principal Guenther Steiner said: “Experience, and the need for it, has been one of the cornerstones of Haas F1 Team, and with Romain Grosjean and Kevin Magnussen racing for the team in 2020, we continue to have a driver lineup that offers us a solid platform to continue our growth. Their understanding of how we work as a team, and our knowledge of what they can deliver behind the wheel, gives us a valued continuity and a strong foundation to keep building our team around. It’s been a tough year for us in 2019 with the fluctuation in performance of the VF-19, but our ability to tap into our combined experiences will help us learn, improve, and move forward as a unit in 2020.”
Grosjean said: “I’ve always stated that it was my desire to remain with Haas F1 Team and keep building on the team’s accomplishments. Having been here since the very beginning and seen the work both Gene Haas and Guenther Steiner put into the team to make it competitive, I’m naturally very happy to continue to be a part of that. To finish fifth in the constructors’ championship last season in only the team’s third year of competing was something very special. We’ve had our challenges this season, but we’ll use both the experience of last year and this year to move forward into 2020. I’m looking forward to working with Kevin and the whole team and continuing our journey together.”
Magnussen, who was already under contract for next year, added: “I’ve had the comfort of knowing I’d be continuing with the team in 2020 and that’s very much been a positive throughout what’s often been a difficult 2019 season. Knowing we can work to make things better, improve our understanding of our situation, and get back to the level of competitiveness we showed last season – these are the things that excite me about 2020. We’re a team full of racers, led at the top by Gene Haas and Guenther Steiner. Nobody’s satisfied with how the 2019 season has played out, but the determination to turn things around is very much in evidence. I’m grateful the team have always believed in me and what I can bring to the table. We share a common goal and together with Romain, I’ll be giving it my all on-track for the remainder of this season and into 2020.”
The duo led the team to fifth in the constructors’ standings last season, but have struggled to match that performance this year, leaving the outfit currently sitting ninth – ahead of only Williams.
The announcement means only five seats remain unaccounted for ahead of the 2020 campaign – both Toro Rosso seats, one at Alfa Romeo, one at Red Bull and one at Williams.